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that never existed. according to notre dame university linebacker manti te'o was duped into an online relationship that turned out to be a hoax, but somehow the hoax snowballed into the inspirational tale of an athlete playing through the grief of his girl friend's death. here's a clip of tonight's cbs evening news. >> manti te'o had been riding a wave of sympathy and celebrity all season due to the mellow dramatic tale of his college girl friend from stanford. te'o described her as a victim of not only a car accident, but also leukemia who supposedly died last september ending a long distance mostly online romance with the linebacker. >> a stanford student, the victim of a car accident and leukemia, the subject of a heartwrenching tale of american sports drama, yet she never existed. tonight there are plenty of questions for te'o, notre dame and yes, the media, but another question we have, how did no one, no one at stanford ever stop and say wait, why haven't i ever heard of this poor girl? cbs5 reporter linda yee went to the farm looking for answers. >> reporter: as the story goes
of the college football season, manti te'o talking about the death of his girlfriend. four months after her death, it turns out she never existed. a 3-year online relationship, reports of a courageous battle with leukemia, all a hoax. the news brought to life by the website, deadspin.com. >> we called all of the funeral homes where several sources reported she had been buried. they had no information on it. and this really told us that there's something really going on here. >> reporter: the story doesn't stop there. deadspin says the woman believed to be his girlfriend is really a young woman from torrance with no connection to the football star at all. >> and we found her actual alive, and never met manti te'o person. and that opened everything up. >> reporter: his story, even heartbreaking to notre dame's athletic director. >> there's a lot of tragedy here, there's a lot of sorrow. but the thing i am must sad about is -- sorry. >> reporter: who was she? she was all made up. a story sources say was concocted by te'o's longtime friend. he released a statement saying "to realize i was the victim
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